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Henry Norreys, Sir Knight

Male Abt 1491 - 1536  (~ 45 years)


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  • Name Henry Norreys  [1
    Suffix Sir Knight 
    Born Abt 1491  Wytham, Berks, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    _FSFTID LCRN-C9K 
    _FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LCRN-C9K 
    Died 17 May 1536  Executed (Beheaded Accused of Adultry With Ann Boleyn) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Executed 
    Notes 
    • 'Henry Norris, esquire' was in fact Sir Henry Norris (executed 1536), o
      ne of Henry VIII's closest friends and a gentlemen-in-waiting - anoth er of Chrimes's small errors of fact. His standing with the King was su ch that 'he became the senior esquire of the Body and the one household of ficial allowed in the King's bedchamber'. See 'Henry VIII and his cour t' by N. Williams (1971).

      http://www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/hnorreys.html
      Henry Norreys (d.1536)
      Born: circa 1481 probably at Wytham, Berkshire
      Keeper of the King's Privy Purse
      Died: 17th May 1536 at the Tower of London, London
      Henry was second son of Sir Edward Norreys of Ockwells in Bray, Berkshir e, who took part in the Battle of Stoke in 1487, and was then knighte d, by his wife Frideswide, daughter of Francis, Viscount Lovel. The elde st son, John Norreys, was an esquire of the body to Henry VIII, and was af terwards usher of the outer chamber both to Kings Henry VIII and Edward V I. He was afterwards promoted, as 'a rank papist,' to be chief usher of t he privy chamber to Queen Mary. He married Elizabeth, sister of Edmund, Lo rd Braye; but dying, according to Dugdale, on 21st October 1564, left no l egitimate issue, and his property descended to his brother's son.

      Henry Norreys came to court in youth, was appointed Gentleman of the King 's Chamber and was soon one of the most intimate friends of King Henry VII I. The King made him many grants and his influence at Court grew rapidl y. On 8th June 1515, Henry was made Keeper of the Park of Foliejon in Wink field, Berkshire, an office which had been held by his father. On 17th Feb ruary 1518, he became weigher at the common beam at Southampton, then t he great mart of the Italian merchants. On 28th January 1519, he was appoi nted Bailiff of Ewelme in Oxfordshire. He was also Keeper of the King's Pr ivy Purse. In 1519, he received an annuity of fifty marks (£33.6s 8d) a nd was at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. On 12th September 152 3, he received the Keepership of Langley New Park in Buckinghamshire and w as made Bailiff of Watlington. Henry early took the side against Wolsey a nd was one of the main instruments in bringing about his fall. Wolsey cert ainly recommended him for promotion in a letter of 5th July 1528; but it m ay be assumed from the letter itself that this was rather done to secure H enry's favour for the writer himself than with the idea that Norreys had a ny need of the Cardinal's influence.

      Henry adhered closely to Anne Boleyn while she was gaining her positi on at Court and became one of her intimate friends and a leader of the fac tion that supported her proud pretensions to control the State. He had t he sweating sickness in 1528 and, on 25th October 1629, gratified his enmi ty to Wolsey by being present when he resigned the Great Seal. On 24th Oct ober, Henry was the only attendant on the King, when he went, with Anne a nd her mother, to inspect Wolsey's property. Norreys was the bearer of t he King's kind message to Wolsey, at Putney, about the same time, and see ms to have been affected by Wolsey's fallen condition. In the same year, H enry received a grant of £100 a year from the revenues of the See of Winch ester and was soon promoted to be Groom of the Stole. In 1531, he was ma de Chamberlain of North Wales; in November 1532, he was again ill; in 153 4, he was appointed Constable of Beaumaris Castle (Anglesey); in 153 5, he received various manors which Sir Thomas More had held. He was prese nt at the execution of the Charterhouse monks, on 4th May 1535, and Hen ry granted him the important Constableship of Wallingford Castle (29th No vember 1535); and he was generally regarded as the King's agent in the pro motion of the new marriage with Lady Jane Seymour.

      In April 1536, Queen Anne had some talk with Sir Francis Weston, who hint ed to her that Norreys loved her. She, afterwards, spoke to Norreys abo ut it and, jokingly, said that he was waiting for dead men's shoes. He pro tested and, in the end, she asked him to contradict any rumours he might h ear about her conduct. But Norreys had many enemies and his alleged intima cy with Anne was carefully reported to Thomas Cromwell. On 1st May 1536, N orreys took part in a tournament at Greenwich and, at the close, Henry spo ke to Norreys, telling him that he was suspected of an intrigue with An ne and urging him to confess. He was then arrested and taken to the Tow er by Sir William FitzWilliam. He was tried on 12th May in Westminster Hal l. He pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty and executed on 17th Ma y. He was buried in the churchyard of the Tower of London.

      There is little reason to think that he had behaved in any way improper ly with the Queen. Most of the jury seem to have been officials or op en to suspicion of partiality. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth always honour ed his memory, believing that he died 'in a noble cause and in the justifi cation of her mother's innocence.' At the time of his arrest, he was conte mplating a second marriage with Margaret Shelton and, both his interest a nd his long experience as a courtier, would doubtless have deterred him fr om encountering the danger certain to spring from a liaison with Anne Bole yn. His knowledge of the King would also have taught him that his ruin a nd death must be the consequence of such desperate adventures.

      Henry married Mary, daughter of Thomas Fiennes, Lord Dacre of the South. S he died before 1530 and, by her, he had a son Henry, 1st Baron Norre ys of Rycote. Another son, Edward, born in 1524, but died on 16th July 152 9. A daughter Mary married, firstly, Sir George Carew, and, secondly, S ir Arthur Champernowne.

      Heavily Edited from Leslie Stephens & Sidney Lee's "Dictionary of Nation al Biography" (1891).


      Another split and rejoining in our ancestors.

      This split came after Henry Norreys, 1st Baron Norreys of Rycote, (b. Ab t. 1525) and joined again with Louis I the Pious of Aquitaine, King of Fra nce (b. Aug 778). Louis I was the son of Charlemagne. Or I should s ay it the other way around? The split came after Louis I and joined aga in with Henry.


      Henry Norreys' father Henry Norreys, Sir Knight (b. Abt. 1491) is a descen dant of Louis I the Pious of Aquitaine, King of France through his son CHA RLES II THE BALD KING WEST3 FRANKS, (b. 13 Jun 823) (24 generations)

      HENRY27, HENRY26, EDWARD25 NORRIS, SIR, JANE24 DE VERE, ROBERT23, ALICE 22 SERGEAUX, C. OXFORD, PHILLIPPA21 FITZALAN, RICHARD "COPPED HAT"20, EDMU ND19, RICHARD18, JOHN17, JOHN16, ISABELLA15 D'AUBIGNY, WILLIAM14, WILLIAM1 3, ADELIZA OF12 LOUVAIN, QUEEN OF ENGLAND, GODFREY11 BARBUTUS, THE BEARD ED OF LOUVAINE, DUKE, HENRY II OF10 BRABANT, LAMBERT II OF9, GERBEGA OF 8, DUKE OF UPPER LORRAINE7 CHARLES, LOUIS IV6 D'OUTRE-MER, KING OF FRANC E, CHARLES III THE SIMPLE OF5 FRANCE, KING OF FRANCE, LOUIS II THE STAMMER ER OF4, CHARLES II THE BALD KING WEST3 FRANKS, LOUIS I THE PIOUS OF7 AQUIT AINE, KING OF FRANCE, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEP IN III "THE SHORT" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMME R" OF FRANKS, PEPIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, A RNOLD (ST. ARNULF) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)

      and

      Henry Norreys' mother MARY DE FIENNES (b. Abt. 1495) daughter of Thomas (L ord Dacre of the South) Fiennes, is a descendant of Louis I the Pious of A quitaine, King of France through his daughter GISELA (b. Abt. 819) that ma rried Eberhard of Friuli, Count of Friuli. (22 generations)

      HENRY30, MARY29 DE FIENNES, ANNE28 BOURCHIER, B. DACRE OF THE SOUTH, HUMPH REY27, JOHN26, ANNE25 PLANTAGENET, THOMAS24, EDWARD III23, EDWARD II22, ED WARD I LONGSHANKS21, HENRY III20, JOHN I LACKLAND19, FITZEMPRESS HENRY II 18 CURTMANTLE, KING OF ENGLAND, MATILDA THE EMPRESS OF17 NORMANDY, QUE EN OF ENG., MATILDA (EDITH) OF16 SCOTLAND, MARGARET (ST.) THE EXILE15 ATHE LING, AGATHA14, LUDOLPHE OF13 SAXONY, MARGRAVE OF SAXONY, BRUNON II OF1 2, BRUNON I OF11 BRUNSWICK, COUNT OF BRUNSWICK, JUDITH OF10 BAVARIA, JUDI TH OF9 FIULI, GISELA8, LOUIS I THE PIOUS OF7 AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE, CH ARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEPIN III "THE SHORT" OF TH E5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMMER" OF FRANKS, PEPIN I I3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, ARNOLD (ST. ARNULF) O F1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ died 16 Aug 641)


      A three way split.

      Our lines of descent runs through three of the children of Hubert I Cou nt of Senlis, born about 850, the grandson of Pepin I of Italy, King of It aly and great grandson of Charlemagne Emperor of the West, King of Frank.

      The three children are:

      Sprota (Adela) of Senlis wife of William I Longsword Of Normandy, Du ke Of Norman.

      Herbert II of Vermandois, Count of Vermandois husband of Adela

      Beatrice de Vermandois wife of Robert I of France, King of France

      These three lines join again with Henry Norreys, 1st Baron Norreys of Ryco te, born Abt. 1525

      Henry's father, Henry Norreys, Sir Knight, is a descendant of Sprota (Adel a) of Senlis and William I Longsword of Normandy, Duke of Normandy, throu gh their son Richard I the Fearless of Normandy, 3 Duke of Normandy.

      HENRY NORREYS, 1ST BARON NORREYS OF RYCOTE34, HENRY NORREYS, SIR KNIGHT3 3, EDWARD32 NORRIS, SIR, JANE31 DE VERE, ROBERT30, ALICE29 SERGEAUX, C. OX FORD, PHILLIPPA28 FITZALAN, RICHARD "COPPED HAT"27, EDMUND26, RICHARD25, J OHN24, JOHN23, ISABELLA22 D'AUBIGNY, WILLIAM21, WILLIAM20, WILLIAM "STRO NG HAND"19 AUBIGNY, 1ST E. ARUNDEL, WILLIAM "PINCERNA"18 D'AUBIGNY, LO RD OF BUCKENHAM, ROGER17, WILLIAM16, NIGEL DE15 ST. SAUVEUR, V. COTENTI N, HELENA OF14 NORMANDY, RICHARD II THE GOOD OF13, RICHARD I THE FEARLE SS OF12, SPROTA (ADELA) OF11 SENLIS, HUBERT I COUNT OF10, PEPIN II9 SEIGNE UR, OF PERONNE, COUNT OF PERONNE, BERNHARD KING OF8 ITALY, KING OF ITAL Y, PEPIN I OF7, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEPIN I II "THE SHORT" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMME R" OF FRANKS, PEPIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, A RNOLD (ST. ARNULF) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)

      Henry's mother, Mary De Fiennes, born Abt. 1495, is a descendant of the ot her two. We are following the line of Charlemagne's oldest son PEPIN I her e, but it must be remembered that Mary De Fiennes is also a decendent of C harlemagne's second son, PEPIN I 's younger brother, LOUIS I THE PIO US OF AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE.

      Mary De Fiennes is a descendant of Hubert I Count of Senlis through his th ired child (second daughter) Beatrice de Vermandois wife of Robert I of Fr ance, King of France, Through her father Thomas (Lord Dacre of the Sout h) Fiennes.

      HENRY NORREYS, 1ST BARON NORREYS OF RYCOTE32, MARY31 DE FIENNES, THOMAS (L ORD DACRE OF THE SOUTH)30 FIENNES, ALICE29 FITZHUGH, ALICE28 NEVILLE, B. F ITZHUGH OF RAVENSWORTH, ALICE27 MONTAGUE, C. WESTMORELAND, ELEANOR26 HOLLA ND, ALICE OF ARUNDEL25 FITZALAN, LADY, RICHARD24, ALICE23 DE WARENNE, WILL IAM22, ALICE21 LE BRUN, ISABELLA OF ANGOULÊME20 TAILLEFER, QUEEN OF ENG ., ALICE19 DE COURTENAY, PETER I18, LOUIS VI THE FAT OF FRANCE17 CAPET, KI NG OF FRANCE, PHILIP I THE FAIR OF FRANCE16, HENRY I OF FRANCE15, ROBE RT II THE PIOUS OF FRANCE14, HUGH13, HUGH THE GREAT OF NEUSTRIA12, BEATRIC E11 DE VERMANDOIS, HUBERT I COUNT OF10 SENLIS, COUNT OF SENLIS, PEPIN I I9 SEIGNEUR, OF PERONNE, COUNT OF PERONNE, BERNHARD KING OF8 ITALY, KI NG OF ITALY, PEPIN I OF7, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRAN K, PEPIN III "THE SHORT" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "T HE HAMMER" OF FRANKS, PEPIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANC HISES, ARNOLD (ST. ARNULF) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)
      .

      Mary De Fiennes is also a descendant of Herbert II of Vermandois, Cou nt of Vermandois husband of Adela, Through her Mother, Anne Bourchie r, B. Dacre Of The South.

      HENRY NORREYS, 1ST BARON NORREYS OF RYCOTE31, MARY30 DE FIENNES, ANNE29 BO URCHIER, B. DACRE OF THE SOUTH, HUMPHREY28, JOHN27, ANNE26 PLANTAGENET, TH OMAS25, EDWARD III24, EDWARD II23, EDWARD I LONGSHANKS22, HENRY III21, JO HN I LACKLAND20, FITZEMPRESS HENRY II19 CURTMANTLE, KING OF ENGLAND, GEOFF REY V THE FAIR18 PLANTAGENET, COUNT OF ANJOU, FULK V THE YOUNGER OF17 ANJO U, COUNT OF ANJOU, FULK IV THE RUDE OF16, ERMENGARD15 D'ANJOU, FULK III T HE BLACK OF14 ANJOU, COUNT OF ANJOU, B, ADELAIS OF13 VERMANDOIS, ROBERT OF 12 TROYES, COUNT OF TROYES, HERBERT II OF11 VERMANDOIS, COUNT OF VERMANDOI S, HUBERT I COUNT OF10 SENLIS, COUNT OF SENLIS, PEPIN II9 SEIGNEUR, OF PER ONNE, COUNT OF PERONNE, BERNHARD KING OF8 ITALY, KING OF ITALY, PEPIN I OF 7, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEPIN III "THE SHOR T" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMMER" OF FRANKS, PE PIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, ARNOLD (ST. ARNUL F) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)

      As was noted before, Mary De Fiennes is also a descendant of LOUIS I T HE PIOUS OF AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE, through her mother, Anne Bourchie r, B. Dacre of The South, but this connection took place with the FitzEmpr ess Henry II Curtmantle, King of England, about 10 generations before Ma ry De Fiennes.

      The FitzEmpress Henry II Curtmantle, King of England's mother MATILDA T HE EMPRESS OF NORMANDY, QUEEN OF ENGLAND is a descendant of LOUIS I THE PI OUS OF AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE.
    Person ID I2377  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 

    Father Edward Norris, Sir,   b. Abt 1465, Yattenden, Kent, (Berkshire) England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Fridiswide Holland,   b. Titchmarsh, Northhamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [2
    Family ID F459  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Anne Lovell,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F821  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary de Fiennes,   b. Abt 1495, Hurstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1533  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married Abt 1520  Hurstmonceaux, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Sir Henry Norreys, 1st Baron Norreys of Rycote,   b. Abt 1525, Bray, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1601, Rycote, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     2. Edward Norreys,   b. 1524,   d. 16 Jul 1529  (Age 5 years)
     3. William Norreys?,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Mary Norreys,   b. Abt 1526, Bray, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1570  (Age ~ 44 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F455  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S376] http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/NORREYS.htm.

    2. [S27] http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/.